Ready to be your own boss?

Learn the business skills to chart your own path as a freelance English tutor!

In this 30-hour Specialized TEFL/TESOL Certification Course, you’ll learn the business and marketing skills needed to successfully launch and run your freelance online English tutoring career.

First, you’ll master key components of freelance teaching, such as finding your niche, promoting your brand through teacher marketplaces, social media, and other channels, handling accounting and other logistics, and managing and scaling your business in a competitive market. The course culminates with a final project in which you’ll apply what you’ve learned to design a unique online tutoring business plan you can use.

We recommend this course for experienced online teachers or graduates of our Teaching English Online Certification courses who are ready to advance their careers – on their own terms – as freelancers. If you’re new to online teaching, bundle this specialization with those certification courses and save!

100% Online
Start anytime and work from any device.

Private Tutor
Get feedback and ask questions throughout the course.

Flexible schedule
Work at your own pace–complete in 3 months or less.

Certificate of completion
Qualify for jobs teaching online with specialized certification.

Interactive content
Instructional videos, downloadable resources, quizzes & activities, and discussion board.

Continuing Education Units
Earn up to 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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Teaching English Online
As a Freelancer

(3 CEUs)

Empower yourself with the skills needed to succeed as an entrepreneur with this step-by-step course in becoming a freelancer or starting your own online English tutoring business.


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Teaching English Online Certification

(15 CEUs / 6 Credits)

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Teaching English Online Certification + Practicum

(21 CEUs / 6 Credits)

Take all four courses in our series for the ultimate preparation to Teach English Online!

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Course Curriculum
Module 1 Finding Your Niche
Module 2 Time Zones, Payments, & Platforms
Module 3 Marketing and Promotion
Module 4 Troubleshooting and the Entrepreneurial Mindset

4 Module quizzes

4 Instructional videos

1 Assignment

8 Resource downloads

8 Discussion board activities

Learning Objectives

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Compare different market niches, determine the right one for you, and find students within that target demographic

  • Establish which online teaching platform and software will best suit your goals

  • Develop a social media marketing plan on your chosen platform(s) and create an advertising budget

  • Create engaging graphic content and videos to market your services

  • Develop pricing strategies, profit and loss statements, and cancellation and refund policies

  • Examine the importance of cash flow and apply strategies to help avoid common problems with it

  • Understand the shift in mindset required to successfully transition from employee to entrepreneur

  • Apply strategies to manage, scale, and pivot your online teaching business

  • And more!

These resources are designed to help you advance your career in the field of English Language Teaching. You’ll find helpful information on continuing professional development, recommended TESOL organizations you can join to network with other professionals, and teaching resources you can use in your own classroom. You’ll also learn how to leverage your Bridge credentials (including digital badges you can share on LinkedIn and beyond) and connect to our community of TEFL teachers and schools worldwide.

Module 1 Finding a Job, Downloading Your Certificate, and Updating Your Resume
Module 2 Stay Connected with Bridge!
Module 3 TEFL/TESOL Professional Development Opportunities
Take the next step in your academic journey and career.

Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) are nationally recognized units of measurement for participation in non-credit, continuing education programs. Bridge is accredited by ACCET (the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training), and any ACCET-approved Bridge course, including our online TEFL programs, can be taken for 1 CEU per 10 hours of TEFL course instruction.

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Requirements to take this course:
  • 18 years of age
  • An intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language)
  • Teaching experience or a TEFL/TESOL certificate (recommended)*

*Students can simultaneously enroll in a Professional TEFL/TESOL Course to meet this recommendation.

Explore the Course Features

Practical Experience Creating a Detailed Business Plan

Apply the business management and marketing skills you’ve learned throughout the course in a practical way by developing a detailed business plan to kick start your career as a freelance tutor!

Interactive Platform:
Tutor and Discussion Board

Interact with your personal tutor who provides feedback on assignments and answers questions throughout the course. Share ideas and experiences with other trainees around the world on the class discussion board.

Dynamic Content

Complete interactive exercises and practice activities that check comprehension and keep you actively engaged with the course content as you progress through your training.

Learn from the experts. Meet our TEFL/TESOL tutors!

From the first day of your course, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your training. Your tutor will provide feedback on your written assignments and answer any questions you have along the way.

Why should you take this course?

You need the business and operational skills to successfully shift from employee to independent teacher.

You’re not finding the online teaching job of your dreams, so you’re ready to create it!

You’re ready to transform your tutoring side gig into a lucrative career.

You want to learn strategies to manage, scale, and pivot your freelance teaching business.

You want to market yourself and your business effectively using social media, email, and other channels.

You want a better understanding of available teaching platforms, software, and technology used by freelancers.


You will have 3 months from the day you enroll in your Specialized Certificate to complete it. (Most students finish the course sooner – in four to six weeks.)

If you sign up Specialized Certificate along with one of our TEFL courses, we recommend you first complete your general TEFL course and then start your Specialized Certificate course. You will then have 3 months from the day you begin your Specialized Course to complete it.

If you don’t finish in time for any reason, you can purchase an extension to complete your Specialized Certificate course, either before it expires or for up to one year after expiration. Extensions cost $100 for an additional 3 months. Please note that once your course/extension has expired, you will no longer have access to the course.

To take Bridge Specialized Certificates, you must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.

It is recommended that you are either already TEFL/TESOL certified, or enroll concurrently in a Professional TEFL/TESOL course, such as the IDELTOnline to take a Specialized Certificate course.

If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (minimum B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language).

You can take our Teaching English Online courses on their own, and many students do so in order to complement general TEFL certification or teaching experience they already have. These courses may also be added on to your enrollment in any Bridge course (in which case, your final TEFL certificate will reflect the total number of Bridge hours completed.)

Yes, you may sign up for as many as you like. We recommend you complete one certificate course before beginning the 3-month timeline on the next one.

No. All the materials you will need to complete your course are available 100% online. You can complete these courses from anywhere in the world with Internet connection.

Yes. In this self-study course, you will have a tutor available to answer any questions you have and also to provide feedback and a grade on your written assignments.

You must earn a minimum of 70% on your course assignments/final exam, in order to pass and receive your Specialized Certification.

Upon successful completion of your Specialized Certificate course, you can download and print your certificate from our online certificate verification portal for free. You may also order a hard copy certificate mailed to you anywhere in the world for an additional fee. Click here to view fees for hard copy certificate orders.

Yes! The Foundations and Advanced Methods courses have been recommended for 3 undergraduate-level credits each by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®).

For students interested in requesting a nationally recognized transcript from ACE CREDIT to present to the university of their choice for the potential award of academic credit, we recommend meeting the following requirements:

• A graduate of or currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program

• For upper division credit, at least a junior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher


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Yes! Our online TEFL courses are ACCET-accredited and may be taken for CEUs. You earn 1 CEU for every 10 hours of TEFL certification. For example, an online TEFL course of 100 hours would be eligible for 10 CEUs. Click here to learn more about CEUs.

Earn a TEFL/TESOL certification you can build on.


Demonstrate your expertise with a lifetime certificate.

  • Download and print your TEFL/TESOL certificate for free.
  • All Bridge certifications are detailed on your certificate, including Primary and Specialized.
  • Courses are stackable! The total number of hours you completed is indicated, and this number updates each time you add another course.
  • Option to order a hard copy certificate mailed to anywhere in the world!


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Showcase your credentials with digital badges.

  • Share your badges everywhere potential customers are looking, including LinkedIn, your resume, and your email signature.
  • Anyone can click on your badge to see detailed, verifiable information about the course you completed.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning – earn a new digital badge for every Bridge course you take!

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